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November Craft Class – Ribbon, Pallet Board Art November 9, 2013

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We’ll start your Thanksgiving week off right with an upcycled Holiday craft. Crafters will choose from 3 designs: heart, cross or star. Size of finished product will be roughly 9 1/2″ w x 11″h. What a great way to get ONE of your Holiday gifts off your shopping list.

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If you happen to have a drill, bring it (electric or cordless – if it’s cordless, the drill needs to be fully charged when you bring it to class). We will have some available to use – but if you can bring your own drill, feel free to do so.

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Craft class is Sunday, November 24th
2:00pm – 4:00pm
We are planning on holding the class at Brandon Elementary Art Room, (Martin Public School) 1619 University Street; Martin, Michigan 49070, but waiting for the final A-OK from the school. We’ll keep you updated.

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Register by Thursday, November 21st.

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To register, send us an email at: craftredo@aol.com

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Cost for the session is $20 per person. Please bring payment to the craft class. All supplies will be provided by Katie and Korene.

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Feel free to bring your own treats and drinks. No alcoholic beverages, please.

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We ask that we keep the session for adults only (no kids please). Teens 13 and up are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by a paid adult. Feel free to invite friends.

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Here’s a link for the directions to the school: http://www.martinpublicschools.org/schools/brandonel/directions

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Enter through the main entrance on the West side of the building (Elementary entrance). Please park in the parking lot – NOT the loop or the student drop off area. Please arrive around or before 2:00, we will be locking the exterior doors (for our safety) a little bit after 2:00.

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Don’t forget: There will be a table set out if you would like to display a flyer/brochure of what you do. Are you an exercise instructor, product consultant, the head of an organization? Bring a brochure or flyer to display on the table.

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September Craft Class – Fall Burlap Board w/ Burlap Flower Embellishments September 24, 2013

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Crafters will learn many new and exciting techniques during the session. Techniques include:

  • Rustic crackle paint technique (using a household item that most everyone has on hand)
  • Transferring letters onto burlap
  • Creating burlap flowers (they are amazingly fun to make)

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Craft class is THIS Sunday, September 29th
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Brandon Elementary Art Room (Martin Public School) 1619 University Street; Martin, Michigan 49070.

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Register no later than Thursday night, September 26th (we will be shopping for supplies on Friday).

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To register, send us an email at: craftredo@aol.com

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Cost for the session is $20 per person. Please bring payment to the craft class. All supplies will be provided by Katie and Korene.GLAM FLOWERS 012

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Feel free to bring your own treats and drinks. No alcoholic beverages, please.

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We ask that we keep the session for adults only (no kids please). Teens 13 and up are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by a paid adult. Feel free to invite friends.

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Here’s a link for the directions to the school: http://www.martinpublicschools.org/schools/brandonel/directions

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Enter through the main entrance on the West side of the building (Elementary entrance). Please park in the parking lot – NOT the loop or the student drop off area. Please arrive around or before 2:00, we will be locking the exterior doors (for our safety) a little bit after 2:00.

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Don’t forget: There will be a table set out if you would like to display a flyer/brochure of what you do. Are you an exercise instructor, product consultant, the head of an organization? Bring a brochure or flyer to display on the table.

 

Valentine Craft June 5, 2013

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Our Valentine Craft Session was a success!FIRST SHOT 100_3076

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The great thing about this craft is you can give the craft all year round. My youngest son gave it to his teacher for a Christmas present. His teacher currently still displays the heart board in her entryway.

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For a full ‘run down’ on how to craft this lovely project, reference:

Wood and Ribbon Cross Craft – Praise and Coffee the Magazine

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You’ll need to download the heart template:

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On the template you will notice black and gray dots. We generally use the black dots, if you are reducing or enlarging the project you may find a different dot works better for your project. We wanted to offer other solutions for dot placement.

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Here’s a slide show of the class.

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Wood and Ribbon Cross Craft – Praise and Coffee the Magazine February 21, 2013

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Who knew that weathered wood could create such a stir in the crafting decor world? We have our own little secret stash in the back, hidden from husbands who would love to use it in a burn pile. Want to create your own weathered wood? Contact a local business that may use wooden skids – carpet store, restaurant, building supply, local farmer. Let them know what you’re up to, some may give them to you or offer them to you at a low price. Toss them outside where they will get exposed to the elements, wait a few months and there you go . . . or you can check craigslist.

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Now let’s get craftin’!

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You will need:

  • Roll of 7/8” ribbed ribbon (Ribbed ribbon tends to grip better on the screws)
  • An old towel, folded over a few times (To protect your work surface)
  • Weathered wood roughly cut to the size you need (Our wood was from old skids. We had 2 different widths, 5 1/2” and 3 1/4” – both were cut down to 9” long)
  • Ruler
  • Chalk
  • Blue tape
  • Jute string
  • Scissors
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  • Mending plates (We used 2”)
  • Screws for mending plates (We used #6 x 5/8”)
  • Screws for the front of the board. They need to be long enough to go into the board (not all the way through the board) and long enough for the ribbon to wrap around. (Use what you have. We had 1-5/8” gold screws on hand. They didn’t match the screw eyes, which were a silver color. You don’t notice at all. If anything it adds to the rustic charm)
  • Drill
  • Print out of the cross template. You can download it from the link below

Directions:

1. Lay out the boards the way you would like them to be displayed. Flip them over and attach the mending plates. To ensure you are screwing into the correct side of the mending plate, look at the holes on the plate. You will notice the holes have a contour to them. The screw heads will set flush with the plate when you place the screw through the correct side. We used 2 brackets for each board (Even for the 3 board craft. Place one plate on the right, holding the top and middle boards together. Place the other plate on the left, holding the bottom and middle boards together. The jute string will help hold the entire piece together.)

2. Cut a piece of jute string about the length of your arm span. Wrap jute string 2 times around board about 1/2” from the edge. Tie off, on the backside, with a double not. Trim off bow. This string will have 2 purposes – #1 it will act as a bumper to keep your board from scratching the wall. #2 if your board is not fully dried it will tend to crack and possibly break apart. By tying the string to both sides, when/if it does crack it will stay in one piece.

3. On the top edge of the board, drill pilot holes for the screw eyes to go through. With your fingers twist in screw eyes. To make screw eyes go into the board all the way – place a screw through the eye of the screw eye, use the screw as leverage to turn the screw eye deeper into the wood.

4. On the front of the board – find the center of the board, with chalk and a ruler draw a vertical line down the center of the board.

5. Print off template, it may need to be enlarged or reduced to fit your board. Trim off excess paper and tape template onto your board – aligning center of the template (gray line) with the center chalk line on the board. The black dots on the template are where you will be drilling in the screws for the cross layout.

6. With the hand drill, drill the screws through each black dot on the paper template into your board. Place the ribbon next to the first screw to get the correct depth of your screw. Use the first screw as a ‘master’ to base the depth of the other screws. It works best to start at the top of the design and work your way down. Drill the screws through each black dot, there will be 13 total. When done, pull off paper and tape.

7. Use a rag to wipe off the chalk line.

8. Grab the ribbon. Tie a double knot on the screw marked ‘Start’ (reference template). Take the ribbon to the screw above the ‘Start’ screw, go on the right (inside) of the screw. Run ribbon to the screw to the left, go on the outside of that screw. Go up (outside) to the next screw. Over to the right (inside). Up (outside). Right (outside). Down (inside). Right (outside). Down (outside). Left (inside). Down (outside). Left (outside). Up (outside). Tie off ribbon with a double knot. Trim off excess ribbon.

9. With a separate piece of ribbon, tie a bow around the screw head marked ‘Start’. The knot of the bow will cover up the head of the screw. (We used about 30” of ribbon to make the bow). Trim ends of ribbon at an angle.

10. Cut a length of ribbon, measure from your nose to the end of your fingers, for the hanger. Tie the 2 ends into a bow. Trim ends at an angle.

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Download the cross template:  CROSS TEMPLATE

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Pet Coupon Stocking Stuffer December 23, 2012

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One Christmas Eve while wrapping presents in the middle of the night, it dawned on me I had forgotten stocking stuffers for our beloved pets! For goodness sake, what was I going to do when the children checked the pet’s stockings and realized that Santa had forgotten them. Trying desperately to keep the magic of Santa alive and well, I downloaded a free clip art image of Santa and created a coupon for the pets. Whew! Christmas was saved.

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Our 2 page download includes:

  • Premium Bird Food,
  • Premium Cat Food,
  • Premium Dog Food,
  • Premium Fish Food,
  • Premium Crickets (for frogs, snakes, turtles, etc),
  • Premium Pellets (for rabbits, guinea pigs, etc)

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Feel free to download our FREE, 2 page, coupon printable: pet coupon

 

Pickle Jar = One Fancy Flower Container July 4, 2012

I hate to brag, but I have one amazing hydrangea bush in my yard. This bush is enormous and full of color. It’s a Kaleidoscopic Hydrangea, which is a firework display of bursting colors embracing many shades of blue, pink, purple and green blossoms. My mom was a bit jealous of my growing techniques pertaining to this garden marvel and she would often tease me about this bush. I would claim to be a fantastic gardener, and she would simply state that I just had really good dirt. So I would gladly share my blue ribbon blossoms with her (and many of my friends). I wanted the containers to sparkle as well, so I came up with this little ditty. My mom would have really enjoyed this craft, I miss her so.

You will need:

  • A clean jar – pickle, spaghetti, salsa any reusable jar
  • Ribbon
  • Colored paper that coordinates with the ribbon you’ve chosen
  • Scrapbooking embellishments (I have a ton of these. I pick them up whenever I see them on sale. I’ve never used them in an actual scrapbook project, but I use them in many of my other projects. Hopefully someday I’ll have a chance to scrapbook)
  • Scrapbooking mounting squares or I bet a glue gun would work good too
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Colored rubber bands (string or ribbon would work well also)
  1. First, wash and dry your jar. Remove all the labels from it.
  2. Wrap the ribbon around the jar, cut to fit. Place scrapbooking mounting squares on the backside of the ribbon (in many areas) so the ribbon won’t slip. Adhere the ribbon to the jar.
  3. Using our template (flowertags), print the template on coordinating paper stock. Cut out the tag and circle. Adhere the circle to the jar (with mounting squares), add scrapbooking embellishments (I used these amazing little self-adhesive gems. I also have found self-adhesive pearls that work nice too). Hole punch the tag and slip a rubber band through the hole, attach it to the mouth of the jar.
  4. Fill jar with water and your prized posies. When filling your jar, be careful not to get water on your decorations.

Your recipient will be thinking how clever and environmentally thoughtful you are.

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Reverse Dye T’s February 25, 2012

The boys and I found this really cool ‘reverse stencil’ T-shirt technique in the June/July 2011 issue of Family Fun magazine. (I love, love, love Family Fun – here’s a link to their site: familyfun.go.com). We had a few problems, though – we didn’t have any fabric paint on hand and I didn’t see the need to purchase new white T-shirts when I could barely close the boy’s dressers all the way (due to the fact, that they each had an enormous T-shirt collection).

I am constantly stressing to the boys to use the resources they have on hand. We don’t always have to run out and ‘buy’ what we need – sit down and think how you can make it work, utilize what you have. Here’s what we came up with:

You will need:

  • T-shirt (darker colors worked best. If T-shirt is new, prewash.)
  • Spray bottle
  • Bleach
  • Con-Tact paper
  • Pen, marker
  • Cutting utensils (scissors, X-Acto knife)
  • Newspapers/cardboard/plastic bags (something from your recycling bin to use inside the shirt as a barrier, so the bleach mixture won’t soak through to the other side of the T-shirt)

Directions:

  1. You or your child draw the T-shirt design onto the Con-Tact paper or borrow our free templates: skull guitar, shark.
  2. Cut out the design and adhere it to the shirt, rub over the Con-Tact paper to make sure it is attached well (especially the edges).
  3. Slip a piece of cardboard/newspaper/plastic bags inside the shirt (this will act as the barrier). Lay shirt face up on the grass, driveway, sidewalk, picnic table (wherever you want your work surface to be – you may want to lay down newspaper to protect your work surface).
  4. In a spray bottle, I mixed about 1/2 bleach and 1/2 water. You’ll have to experiment to see what consistency you’re looking for.
  5. Spray the bleach mixture onto the fabric all around the cutout template. A light spray is less likely to seep under the template.
  6. You should start to see the reaction to the dye in the shirt, it should be fading. If the reaction is too harsh or too slight, adjust your bleach to water mixture. Our reaction was quick, within less than 30 sec-1 minute we could see the dye bleaching out. At this point, quickly remove all of the Con-Tact paper template and launder the shirt in the washing machine to stop the reaction.

Tip: When we were working on the guitar design – after we had the skull cut out from the front of the guitar template, my oldest placed the cut-out (which I was going to toss out) onto the sleeve. It worked great!

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